So I decided to post my blogging tips for success. I am going to do this off the top of my head and will probably echo a lot of others' posts.
1. We are a community therefor our successes and failures help and hinder everyone. Minus the few select HUGE blogs out there when one blogger gets caught plagerizing, selling ARCs, and bashing authors personally in negative reviews it reflects badly on every other person on the community. So just remember that when you are emailing publishers and authors. Be professional if you are going to work with professionals.
2. It's ok to be friendly and professional. I have many an author I happily call dear friends but at the same time if I read one of thier books and I don't like it, I will say I didn't like it and it won't hinder the professional or personal relationships I have with these authors because we are professionals and adults. SO...don't ever let anyone tell you can't be friends with someone because you read thier book or might review it. NO. The beauty of America folks...I DO WHAT I WANT!
3. Drama. Drama. Drama. Drama. I really try to stay out of it unless it hits a personal chord with me. Don't get sucked into the drama and if you do get sucked or are involved be professional about it.
4. Negative reviews. Bloggers do one of the following 1) don't write negative reviews 2) are mean and aggresive in negative reviews 3) write a perfectly respectable, AND CONSTRUCTIVE, negative reviews. Basically if I am going to write a negative review I mention at least one positive thing about the book, be it the cover, or something, it's easy to find one thing and then I explain in objective and constructive terms why the book DID NOT WORK FOR ME. That is important, you have no say over whether or not this book sucks to your friends, you know yourself and why you did not like it. Try to explain why it didn't mesh with you. I also try to include other's reviews (totally random in choosing) with mine as well so people can get a second opinion. You never know the reasons you hate a book may be the very reasons someone else may love it.
5. Stay connected. You can easily unconnect from the blogging world and then totally missed so many blogs going up or down and all kinds of happenings. That being said, when you need a break, take a break, most of us will be here when you return.
6. IT IS YOUR BLOG! Own it! Don't try to make your blog like anyone elses, don't write a post because someone begged you to. Write what you want to write when you want to write it. Let your freak flag fly proudly!
7. Fall in love. Passionately. Be passionate about your books, your blog, your friends, and anything you can possibly be passionate about, because you can! So many people around the world can't even express an opinion without fear of persecution. YOU HAVE THAT FREEDOM! USE IT!
Thanks for taking the time to listen to my mindless rambles :) I appreciate you!
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